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Child porn trial gets underway

January 23, 2008

Albany -- Testimony began Wednesday morning in the trial of a former Sumter County Sheriff's Employee charged with taking a child to California for sex and possession of child pornography.  

Thomas Lowery Junior, the former computer information technology specialist for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, is on trial this week at the Albany Federal Courthouse. Prosecutors  Wednesday morning dropped charges against Lowery, that in 2000 he took a child to Canada for sex.

Prosecutors are still charging that Lowery in June 2001 took an 11 year old boy to Los Angeles for sex. That boy was the first person called to the witness stand as the trial began.

Lowery is also charged with receiving and distributing child pornography between 2002 and 2004. Lowery was fired by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office for refusing to cooperate with their investigation.

The trial is expected to last the entire week.

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